Great Companions

Agastache x 'Purple Haze'
Blue Star Blue Star
Amsonia x 'Blue Ice'
Threadleaf Coreopsis Threadleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis veriticillata 'Moonbeam'

Achillea x 'Oertel's Rose'

Yarrow, Milfoil

Common yarrow is a carefree garden plant that spreads easily to fill available space. 'Oertel's Rose' is rosy pink with good strong color that is slow to fade. It is shorter than other selections at 18" and a very vigorous grower. Selected by Goodness Grows nursery in Lexington, GA, it is an excellent selection for the heat and humidity of the southeast, and has done beautifully here in Pennsylvania as well.

Height: 1-2 Feet
Spread: 2-4 Feet
Zone: 3-8

Yarrow Characteristics & Attributes

Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Nature Attraction
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Drought Tolerant
Roadside Planting
Dry Sun
Cut Flower
Salt Tolerant
Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Yarrow

Full sun to light shade in sandy dry or average soils. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant once established.

Interesting Notes

This species was cultivated in Europe before 1440, used as a remedy for toothache, and mixed in ale in place of hops to increase the inebriating quality of the drink. It was thought to have a magical quality similar to our "apple a day keeps the doctor away," and was said to grow in churchyards as a reproach to the dead, "who need never have come there if they had taken their yarrow broth faithfully every day while living." The main use, however, was that of an herb to heal wounds. The genus was named after Achilles, who is said to have used A. millefollium to staunch the wounds of his soldiers. Soldier's Woundweed and Carpenter's Weed are other old English names. Allan Armitage